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ALSO CALLED: Helpdesk, Service Desks
DEFINITION: In a business enterprise, a help desk is a place that a user of information technology can call to get help with a problem. In many companies, a help desk is simply one person with a phone number and a more or less organized idea of how to handle the problems that come in. In larger companies, a help desk may consist of a group of experts using software to help track the status of problems and other  … 
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Selection Criteria for Remote Support Tools: “Best-of-Breed” Products Speed ROI for Technology Investment
sponsored by NTR Global
WHITE PAPER: Remote support technology is a very popular service and support automation tool for high-tech companies. Freeware and shareware options are available, but come with their own risks. Leveraging a best-of-breed product can improve operational efficiency and customer satisfaction. Read on to learn what to look for in a remote support platform.
Posted: 29 Oct 2009 | Published: 29 Oct 2009

NTR Global

The 10 Worst Practices for Technical Support and How to Overcome Them
sponsored by NTR Global
WHITE PAPER: This white paper will explore 10 of the "worst practices" that are common to customer support operations. We will discuss how these worst practices can creep in to your contact center and ways to deal with them. We will also touch on how to eliminate well‐intentioned management blunders and discuss good and bad uses of support technology.
Posted: 29 Oct 2009 | Published: 29 Oct 2009

NTR Global

Guide: Desktop Authority Password Self-Service
sponsored by ScriptLogic Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Desktop Authority® Password Self-Service™ provides an easy-to-use, robust system for allowing users to reset their own forgotten passwords or locked accounts, eliminating the biggest source of help desk calls.
Posted: 27 Aug 2009 | Published: 03 Jun 2009

ScriptLogic Corporation

Why You Should Take a Holistic Approach to ITIL and Service Support
sponsored by BMC Software, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: In these tough economic times, how do you address the challenge of reducing costs without diminishing your service quality? Companies can lower costs significantly and meet the growing demand for services by taking a more holistic approach. This paper discusses the importance of taking a unified approach to service support management and...
Posted: 18 Jun 2009 | Published: 15 Jun 2009

BMC Software, Inc.

Driving IT help desk efficiency with customer-centric remote support
sponsored by GoToAssist
WHITE PAPER: Help desk managers servicing large mobile workforces, such as remote employees and workers on the road, face significant challenges. This white paper will examine key IT help desk challenges and reveal the many advantages of customer-centric remote support.
Posted: 07 May 2009 | Published: 01 May 2008

GoToAssist

Help Desk vs. Service Desk: Which One is Right for You
sponsored by Numara Software
WHITE PAPER: This white paper is intended to help support center managers self-assess their center's primary functions and maturity level in order to choose an incident management system that best fits their needs without wasting money on features that will not be used.
Posted: 21 Apr 2009 | Published: 05 Mar 2009

Numara Software

Increased Productivity, Decreased Cost, Happier Employees: First American Meets Its Goals with TechExcel HelpDesk
sponsored by TechExcel
WHITE PAPER: TechExcel's HelpDesk application is unique in the industry, offering a combination of intuitive interfaces, sustainable performance, and total customizability for a reasonable price.
Posted: 19 Aug 2008 | Published: 19 Aug 2008

TechExcel

Improving Help Desk Efficiency: Asset Management and Help Desk Optimization
sponsored by TechExcel
WHITE PAPER: This paper explains how asset discovery, and AssetWise Discovery software, plays a vital role in raising help desk efficiency while maintaining customer satisfaction and resolving problems effectively.
Posted: 19 Aug 2008 | Published: 19 Aug 2008

TechExcel

Best Practices for Home Agents
sponsored by Avaya Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Employing home agents allows you to expand and improve your call center team. And they can be a form of insurance to keep your business running if disaster strikes. This white paper contains best practices for developing a Home Agents program.
Posted: 02 Jun 2008 | Published: 01 Feb 2008

Avaya Inc.

Thirty-One Best Practices for the Service Desk
sponsored by GoToAssist
WHITE PAPER: This paper discusses about the thirty one best practices which can serve as the starting point for various evaluation and improvement process.
Posted: 20 May 2008 | Published: 28 Jun 2005

GoToAssist

Making Life Simpler for Remote and Mobile Workers
sponsored by Citrix Online - GotoMyPC
WHITE PAPER: Learn why Citrix® GoToMyPC® Corporate is the most secure, cost-effective and easiest-to-manage solution for providing remote access to the desktop.
Posted: 20 May 2008 | Published: 01 Jan 2007

Citrix Online - GotoMyPC

Solving the Weakest Link in Network Security: Passwords
sponsored by DigitalPersona
WHITE PAPER: This paper proposes improving security and authentication by using biometrics. Included are real stories demonstrating how this approach solves the password management nightmare, addresses compliance regulations and eliminates password costs.
Posted: 15 May 2007 | Published: 01 May 2007

DigitalPersona

Reducing the Costs of IT Security Management
sponsored by CA Technologies.
WHITE PAPER: This paper highlights some important operational efficiencies that can be gained by deploying an integrated IAM strategy. Learn more about how IAM can help increase user productivity, reduce help desk costs, protect corporate assets and much more.
Posted: 15 May 2007 | Published: 01 Jan 2006

CA Technologies.
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HELP DESKS DEFINITION (continued): …  special software to help analyze problems (for example, the status of a company's telecommunications network).Typically, the term is used for centralized help to users within an enterprise. A related term is call center, a place that customers call to place orders, track shipments, get help with products, and so forth. The World Wide Web offers the possibility of a new, relatively inexpensive, and effectively standard user interface to help desks (as well as to call centers) and appears to be encouraging more automation in help desk service. Some common names for a help desk include: Computer … 

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